What’s Your Cup of Tea? Part 1

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Our lifestyles today are very busy. We sometimes don’t have time to stop and think. Stop and think about  things that have now become a part of our lives. 

Have you ever thought where that morning chai latte of yours, without which you can’t start your day comes from? Have you thought about why you like it so much?

If you haven’t then read on..

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage on earth. But, it is more than just a hot beverage that helps us survive. It has helped economies grow and businesses flourish. It has some very tragic experiences and stories of slavery bound with it. There is much more to it than just good taste.

Tea originated in China as a medicinal drink. It was first introduced to Portuguese priests and merchants in China during the 16th century. Drinking tea became popular in Britain during the 17th century. The British introduced it to India, in order to compete with the Chinese monopoly on the product

This part of the series deals with facts, facts about that cup of tea that you may not know. So here we go: 

HEALTH

1. Did you know that tea could help decrease your appetite

2. Tea helps fight cavities and may keep the dentist away.

3.  One cup of white tea contains the same amount of antioxidants as 10 cups of apple juice.

4. Tea may help prevent cancer and has been known to fight tumors.

5. Here are five good reasons for not giving up tea, even if you don’t drink it – it helps to heal shaving cuts, eliminates bad odors when added to a foot bath, can be used to marinade meat, is a great fertilizer for roses, and is also good for cleaning floors.

GENERAL FACTS

1 There are many different kinds of tea, but they are all derived from just one plant: Camellia sinensis.

2. In one day an experienced tea picker can collect around 70 pounds of tea – that’s enough for 14,000 cups.

3. There are four main types of tea: white, green, oolong and black. Depending on Influence of culture these four types can be turned into thousands of varieties.

4.  Tea leaves are a natural means of keeping mosquitoes away. All you have to do is use slightly damp leaves to add the scent of tea to the areas you want to keep insect-free.

5. Tea bags were invented in America in the early 1800s, and were initially used to hold samples of teas brought from India. Today, 96% of all  tea served around the world were made using teabags.

6. Yin Zhen or Silver Needle :This is the most highly prized of white teas. It comes from China, and takes its name from the leaves used to make it, which are harvested when they’re young and still unfurled, and looks like needles.

Surprising? Who knew that everyday cup of tea could have such a history and character.

If you liked this post then you’re should definitely read the second one about Tea traditions around the world.

– Radhika Sharma

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